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NEWS RELEASE : State Expands Support Services Available for Startups, Entrepreneurs in Response to COVID-19

Michigan Business Network
April 5, 2020 12:00 PM

State Expands Support Services Available for Startups, Entrepreneurs in Response to COVID-19 

 

LANSING, MICH. The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved modifications to the Business Accelerator Fund (BAF) to provide greater support to business accelerators in Michigan’s statewide SmartZone network that are serving startups and high-tech companies impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today. 

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Unemployment Benefits Increased and Expanded for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Michigan Business Network
April 1, 2020 12:00 PM

Under the federal CARES Act, Governor Whitmer signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Department of Labor to expand unemployment benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment insurance.

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MEDC | Application Process Now Live for Michigan Small Business Relief Program Funding

Michigan Business Network
March 27, 2020 6:00 PM

• Up to $20 million in grants and loans now available to Michigan’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19 outbreak •Program now accepting applications, with key information available at michiganbusiness.org/covid19

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NEWS RELEASE: Pure Michigan Business Connect Updates Virtual, Statewide Matchmaking Platform for Critical COVID-19 Response Efforts

Michigan Business Network
March 26, 2020 7:00 AM

LANSING, MICH. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program is expanding its free, online procurement platform by now including donations from suppliers capable of filling health and human service needs across a broad range of product and service categories. The platform will provide direct access to businesses within the state providing supplies including personal protection equipment, food, medical devices, paper products, cleaning equipment and more. 

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MEDC | International Trade: Virtual Resources

Michigan Business Network
March 26, 2020 6:00 AM

Virtual Business Support & Resources

MEDC and its partner organizations continue to
deploy resources and facilitate opportunities to support Michigan businesses during this unprecedented time.

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New funding, tools available for Michigan’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Michigan Business Network
March 20, 2020 4:00 PM

Small businesses around the state have a growing number of resources available to assist them in recovering from economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 virus. The most recent support came from the U.S. Small Business Administration statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, requested earlier this week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, with the support of the MEDC and Michigan Small Business Development Center.

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News Release: Vital Funding for State’s Small Businesses Gains Michigan Strategic Fund Support

Michigan Business Network
March 19, 2020 7:00 PM

Michigan Small Business Relief Program will provide up to $20 million in grants and loans to Michigan’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19 outbreak

LANSING, MICH. Economic assistance for small businesses around Michigan that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus gained approval from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today.

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MEDC | IMPORTANT UPDATE: MI Food & Agriculture Summit Postponed

Michigan Business Network
March 13, 2020 1:00 PM

Michigan Food & Agriculture Summit postponed

As the situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve, we are approaching all of our operations – including events – with public health and safety as our priority and in accordance with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommendations. With this in mind, and in addition to the withdrawal of many of our key participants, we have decided to postpone the Michigan Food & Ag Summit, originally planned for this Tuesday, March 17 in Lansing. We apologize for any inconvenience and will reach out with additional communications as we learn more and evaluate the possibility of rescheduling the Food & Ag Summit, as well as other PMBC summits and events currently scheduled.

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MEDC | Last Call for Supplier Applications: Michigan Food & Agriculture Summit

Michigan Business Network
February 28, 2020 8:00 AM

Connect with buyers and grow your business 

For the seventh consecutive year, MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are hosting the Michigan Food & Agriculture Summit at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing on March 17, 2020.  This free event brings together purchasers including grocers, retailers, distributors, institutional buyers, and other organizations looking to procure Michigan-made food products, with suppliers from around the state to strengthen Michigan’s food supply chain.  

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MEDC | Trade Mission to South Africa & Africa Health

Michigan Business Network
February 4, 2020 10:00 AM

Hosted by Automation Alley
May 9-15, 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa


Join the trade mission to South Africa and exhibit at Africa Health 2020, Sub-Sahara’s largest annual healthcare event. Africa Health attracts more than 10,000 healthcare and trade professionals from 67 countries worldwide. The majority of attendees are senior-level business executives, government officials, and other key decision makers responsible for procurement.

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